Mikumi National Park

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About Mikumi National Park

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, is often compared to the more famous Serengeti Plains. The park is very accessible by surfaced road from Dar es Salaam.

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3220 km² / 1250 mi²
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199-1259 m / 653-4131 ft
Pros and Cons
  • Good sightings of less common antelopes like eland, greater kudu and sable
  • Guided walks available
  • Excellent mid-range lodges with prices aimed at expats from Dar es Salaam
  • On route to more known parks in the south like Selous and Ruaha
  • Suitable for a weekend get-away from Dar es Salaam
  • Only one road circuit accessible to tourists
  • Lack of wilderness appeal with the Tanzam highway, the main road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa, running straight through the park
  • Animals are scattered during the wet season and some lodges are closed from March to May


The grasslands of Mikumi support large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and impala. Giraffe and elephant are also common. Predators, like lions and spotted hyena, are present but sightings are relatively rare.
More about Mikumi's wildlife


The 80% of Mikumi southeast of the Tanzam Highway is inaccessible to tourists. The 60km circuit open to tourists is on the Mkata River floodplain, comprised of open grassland interspersed with acacia woodland and the odd baobab tree.

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By Tim Brauhn from United StatesUS

Big, flat, tan, and wonderful

 11 May 2012Reviewed:

My 3-day stay at Mikumi National park was a wonderful break between two sections of intensive training in community-based healthcare. I was dead tired when I showed up after a six-hour drive through dusty roads, and I collapsed on my bed (thick mattr... Full review

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